If there was ever any doubt that some of the best bream fishing to be had in the area is still on the fen drains then Sunday’s final round of the King of the Fens event certainly proved the point with a whole string of huge bream weights.
It just goes to show that if a water is fished regularly then the fish will respond and that was certainly the case on the North Level drain, but I wonder how many other under fished venues could be just as good?
Numbers were down due to the match date being re-arranged but it was still a healthy turnout and was in ideal conditions.
Out in front with a fantastic 148lb 1oz net of bream was Maver Bait Tech rod Phil Chesterton, the big fish expert drew well at the back of the bungalows on the Raisins Bridge section and fished a groundbait feeder using red maggot and worm on the hook.
Stanjay rod Ian Benton was not that far off the pace, he drew on the wires and fished the tip to record 134lb 14oz. Third man home was match organiser from Parson Drove, John Spalton, he fished the pole with chopped worm and caster to record a level 95lb.
On the team front Image Ladies recorded an excellent eight point score card to take the team honours on the day but it was the consistent Maver Bait Tech Purple that stole the show finishing top of the league with just 16 penalty points.
Result: 1 P Chesterton, Maver Bait Tech, 148lb 1oz; 2 I Benton, FM Stanjay, 134lb 14oz; 3 J Spalton, Maver Bait Tech, 95lb; 4 J Weedon, Maver Image, 76lb 8oz; 5 P Vasey, Maver Image, 71lb 2oz; 6 S Clarke, Maver Image, 63lb 12oz.
Teams: 1 Maver Image Ladies, 8pts; jt 2 FM Stanjay Silver and Maver Bait Tech Purple, both 15; 4 Maver Bait Tech Gold, 20; 5 Maver Image Vets, 21; 6 Sensas Mark One Old Boys, 30.
League: 1 Maver Bait Tech Purple, 16pts; 2 Maver Image Ladies, 25; 3 Maver Bait Tech Gold, 31; 4 Sensas Mark One Old Boys, 35; 5 FM Stanjay Gold, 37; 6 Maver Bait Tech Grey, 40.
Top Individual: S Colclough, 24.
Local rod Mark Bodger has once again raised a substantial amount of money for the Macmillan Charity. He started off by getting his mates to, shall we say, pose for a calendar and then together with a raffle and a fishing match raised well over £2,000.
The fishing match was held at Willowcroft Fishery and with winds up to 30mph waggler was the main method used.
The match raised £553 alone for the charity.
Ron Clark topped the field with 27lb 4oz followed by Barry Evison on a level 26lb, then came Allan White with 24lb 7oz.
The Jay Lake at Pidley proved to be a tough nut to crack at the weekend – a couple of much colder nights put the fish off the feed.
Top rod in the Fenland Rods match on the higher numbers was James Garner, he drew fancied peg 27 and took his fish on meat close in topping the field with 51lb 15oz.
Runner-up with 39lb was Dave Simpson followed by Dick Warrender on 34lb 11oz.
There are some really big fish here, and when they want to feed it can be a real job trying to get them out on conventional pole tackle as the Deeping St James club found to their cost at the weekend. Hugh Mannell topped the field with 38lb 14oz all taken on the long pole, then came Ray Torrington with 23lb 10oz and Trevor Lennon on 17lb 6oz.
Spratt’s AC fished the Oak Lake on the Decoy Complex recently which saw Trevor Cousins continue his fine run of form, finishing top with a level 100lb, taken on worm fished close in from peg 10. Pete Rayner was not far off on 94lb followed by Martin Parker on 79lb 8oz.
Even the usually very productive Townsend Lakes did not really fish to form in either of their matches at the weekend, Colin Begbie topping the Saturday Open on the Woodpecker Pool with 57lb 4oz.
Runner-up was Steve Hillman on 35lb 8oz followed by Brendon Stroller with 34lb 4oz.
Sunday’s match saw the action switch to the Kingfisher Pool, venue expert Andy Adams taking the honours with 59lb 8oz. Ricky Young took second with 50lb 8oz followed by Derrick Moss with 47lb 4oz.
Blackdyke drain is still fishing quite well as the recent Tydd Gote results show, top rod in the Tuesday match was Andy Goodger with a net of roach and skimmers taken on worm for 6lb 4oz.
Thursday’s match saw Dave Parlett put 8lb 1oz to the scales.
Sunday’s club match saw weights a little better with Steve Pell taking the honours with a net of roach and skimmers taken on the pole with pinkie for 12lb 14oz. Runner-up with 11lb 10oz was Dick Paul followed by Bob Fitzjohn on 7lb 6oz.
The club’s weekly Wednesday matches: draw at Blackdyke at 9am, fish 10-3.
On Sunday they will be running an open match, draw at Blackdyke at 11am, fish 12-5, and also on Sunday the first Pike Qualifier, draw at 8.15 at Clough, fish 10-3. Contact 01945 463913.